OP-TEC is currently working with photonics clusters across the nation to help support efforts to build strong foundations between industry and educational institutions. Photonics clusters are local or regional “clusters” of organizations and individuals who support optic and photonics industry and education. Key members of clusters normally include optics and photonics-related industry organizations and employers, educational institutions and faculty members, and workforce development and government officials. Industry and employers can provide educators valuable feedback, direction and support to increase/sustain educational programs that fit the needs in the area or region. Colleges can work with employers and industry within the cluster to ensure educational programs are relevant and up-to-date with current needs in the workplace.
OP-TEC looks to these clusters to help define the needs of photonics technician employers in the area and to help identify and support colleges that are offering or planning to offer technician education programs.
Please find the list below of U.S. photonics clusters. Contact information and a brief description from each cluster’s website is also provided. Please click on the logo or website link to visit each cluster’s website.
Colorado Photonics Industry Association
The Colorado Photonics Industry Association (CPIA) is an association of Industrial, University, and Government entities involved in research, development, and/or the sale of products or services that involve photonics technologies.
Florida Photonics Cluster
Formed to support the growth and profitability of the photonics industry through the strength of a unified voice, the FPC is open to companies and organizations that provide optics and photonics products or services.
Mi-Light’s mission is to promote and grow our internationally-recognized talent pool and leverage our strong industrial and academic capabilities in order to expand the photonics industry, attract funding and stimulate innovation in Michigan.
New Mexico Optics Industry Association
The mission of the New Mexico Optics Industry Association is to promote the dynamic growth and development of the optics industry in New Mexico and the Southwest Region.
New York Photonics
New York Photonics provides information on photonics industry and education in New York.
The Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster (RRPC) is a not-for-profit organization founded to promote and enhance the New York State photonics, optics and imaging industry by fostering the cooperation of business, academia and government.
The mission of Optics Valley is to catalyze, convene and connect optics, photonics, astronomy, and supporting business interests throughout Arizona.
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